Category Archives: Cross Country





 Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th September 2017


LL16 4LN
01824 790327

By permission of
Mr & Mrs GW Pierce

Access for parking NOT suitable for large vehicles (Please ring if in doubt)

All entries to be in by Monday 4th Sep 2017



Please find attached the schedule and entry form for the above event. I have also attached some information regarding 3rd party/public liability insurance which I trust you will find helpful together with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet

This year the event includes not only the 2017 Area 4 and Area 5 Championship qualifiers but also, for the first time, the Area 4 and Area 5 Regional Championships qualifier (formerly known as Grassroots) for both teams and individuals in our Newcomers Class. For this reason we expect entries from Pony Club member’s to be significantly higher. Inevitably this means that capacity for non-Pony Club members may be reduced. However, we are still accepting entries from non-Pony Club riders and we will do our very best to accommodate as many as possible. It is therefore expected that the demand for places will be even higher this year and entries will need  to be submitted as early as possible.

Once again, those Pony Club Branches wishing to enter teams are able to leave team selection almost until the last minute. All riders/branches should submit entries for individuals by the closing date of FRIDAY 16th JUNE and team selection from those individual entries does not need to be notified (by email would be preferred) until FRIDAY the 23rd JUNE.


We have decided this year to incorporate the £10 start fee into the entry fee and, following our experience of last year, we have also had to make provision for abandonment. Further, in view of the fact that the Newcomers class is now a qualifier, we have decided to equalise the entry fee for all classes.

Please use a separate entry form for each rider/horse combination entry .

I do hope to be able to communicate with all competitors by email and keep them up-dated with event information from time to time, so please try to include a LEGIBLE (to me!) email address. If you don’t have a personal email address, try to arrange to use that of a friend who will pass on news.

Geoff Bell
District Commissioner

AREA 4 Senior Cross Country Training

  • THE PONY CLUB AREA 4 Senior Cross Country Training
  • 11th April 2017
  • at Somerford Park Farm, Cheshire
  • Coach: Richard Carruthers (BHSI)

A Training session has been arranged for the more experienced Pony Club members who are currently riding at Pony Club Intermediate (BE 100) and Pony Club Open (BE Novice) level or

Richard is a BE under 18 coach for the Wales and Borders region. He is an inspirational, popularand motivating coach, who aims to give riders more confidence and better focus towards the end of
each session.

Cost: £48 per person per 90 min session (inclusive of course hire).
As places are limited applications are restricted to one per member until after the 28th March, when applications for a second slot will be considered. No refunds (unless cancelled by the organisers)
after 28th March 2017.

Skull Caps: to comply with Pony Club hat rules, must be worn at all times when mounted with chin strap fastened and must be tagged!

Body Protectors are compulsory and must comply with Pony Club rules.

ENTRIES: Online at by 28th March 2017. Applications on line accepted on the basis that a slot is available at the required level.

Please ensure that you and provide the name of your branch and details of your experience, and any request for a second horse under “Other Relevant Information”.

Times to be posted on www.westlancashireinceblundell@pcuk,org on Sunday 9th April ‘17

All enquiries to Sally O’Brien – 0151 929 2376 (evenings only)

Areas 4 and 5 Horse Trials results 24th July 2016

Many thanks to Emily Barnes, our Chief HT scorer, for preparing these so quickly despite being away from the competition for most of the day – helping to run our Mini-Camp – and also for drafting in most of the rest of her family to ensure it all went without a hitch.

Many thanks also to all other officials, volunteers, helpers etc. for ensuring that we had a splendid day and to the King family for making sure the infrastructure was so well presented and worked.

Thanks also to all you competitors, your parents, branch officials, family and friends for taking part so cheerfully – despite the 1.2 mile trip to the XC course.

We were glad to see you all and look forward to inviting you back to Somerford again – should we ever get the chance.

Regards … Geoff

Areas 4 & 5 Horse Trials – Final bulletin

(Webmaster: I hope, along with many others we can breathe a sigh of relief with the publication of this Final Horse Trials Post. I hope to see many photos and reports after the mammoth struggle that Geoff and his team of organisers have spent over the last month in reorganising this event. Please send photos and reports by email here. Thanks …. )



I am very happy to say that the sun is still shining here in Somerford (in between the rain showers) and all is well.

I attach a copy of the 2016 programme – we will not be printing a copy this year in view of the reduced numbers competing so if you feel you will need any information for the day, please print it at home and bring it with you.

I would draw particular attention to the cross-country times, speeds and distances chart at the end of the programme.

Site Layout Plan and road access

I attach a copy of the site layout plan (26 acre Map 2) and ask you to note that the closest postcode for the entrance to the event is CW12 4SN.

If you are travelling from the M6/Holmes Chapel direction on the A54, you will pass the main entrance to Somerford Park Farm on your left-hand side. Continue along the A54 for 7/10ths of a mile and you will see the warning sign for the entrance which is on your left. Turn into the field gate (it is 14ft wide so ensure you make a wide enough turn) and continue straight for about 150m and then turn right into the main lorry park.

If you are travelling from the Congleton direction, the field gate entrance is on the right about 7/10ths of a mile after you pass  the Chelford Road/Sandy Lane off-set crossroads.

Please take extreme care when negotiating the entrance, slowdown in good time, beware overtaking traffic – it is a single carriageway main road, it is unlikely to be very busy but needs extra vigilance.

On-site – dogs MUST be kept on leads. Please beware children and horses when manoeuvring.

Cross Country Course Access and Plans

Please note the blue line on the site plan marking the route to the XC. It is 1.2 miles and you should allow AT LEAST 20 minutes  to walk it. The route will be marked with direction arrows. The course will not officially be open for walking until 2 p.m. on Saturday. If you choose to walk before then, it will be at your own risk. It is currently flagged but it is possible that changes have to be made. If you wish to walk before 2p.m. on Saturday, you should seek permission from the Somerford Park office. Course maps are attached as a rough guide only – you should take account of what is actually there on the ground rather than merely following the map.

Competitor Times

I attach an updated competitor times list. There are a few changes since first publication but your times should only have changed if you or your team manager has asked to make a change for any reason.  However, please check your times and use this list for future reference.


We have a total of 17 teams competing across the two Areas. I attach a list of teams for your information.


We will have some very special souvenirs on sale – hoodies from the 2016 Cheshire Shield that never was – they will become a collector’s item – please buy one and support the North West Air Ambulance.

I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday – and just keep smiling whatever.


Geoff Bell
District Commissioner